Thursday, December 22, 2016

Random Reviews... Holiday House Swap by Sarah Madison #Review #Giveaway

Author: Sarah Madison
Book: Holiday House Swap
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 21, 2016
Length: 189 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Reclusive writer Noah Kinley is facing a dilemma: how to confess to the world he’s really the author of a best-selling romance series. For years, his friend Julie has been the face of his brand, but she wants her life back now. Fast running out of ideas for his popular series, Noah wants to break out into other genres. Not that he’s writing much of anything at the moment anyway, thanks to paralyzing writer’s block. With his publisher breathing down his neck for the next installment, he hopes a change of scene will get his writer’s juices flowing again. Desperate enough to try anything, during the holidays Noah swaps his isolated cabin in the woods for a gentrified horse farm.

USAF Major Connor Harrison has chosen forced retirement over facing charges for an unauthorized mission to rescue a buddy from behind enemy lines. No one expects him home for the holidays, and he certainly didn’t anticipate finding a stranger in his house, much less Noah Kinley with his acid tongue and a wry sense of humor that pierces all of Connor’s defenses.

Both men need to figure out what the next chapter in their lives will be—and whether it will include each other.

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I really loved the concept of this story. House swapping! I mean, it partially terrifies me. I don’t like people in my space but in this instance it made for a good story!

Noah is a writer who is suffering from the dreaded writers block. He swaps houses with a guy and his family. They take his cabin he gets their mansion. So far so good! Now the way Noah finds out he’s not alone in the house had me laughing hysterically! You’ll see. 

Now, Noah is not just any writer. He’s a New York Times Best Selling Author! He writes romance mysteries that do amazingly well. The issue? His friend, who’s a girl, is the face of his work. Yes, it’s as much of a mess as you’d think.
Connor is the owner of the mansion and he’s home after a forced retirement form the USAF. You’d think they would be like oil and water but Noah and Connor are a perfect pair. They are the perfect balance the other needs. 

I can go on and on about story line, plot, all that but then I’d give away the story and there would be no point in reading it.  I loved Noah, minus his indiscretions with his lying to his fans. Yes, later I understood it and it does make sense. Wonderful personality. And for someone who starts off reclusive he actually didn’t show any of that. I read the blurb as a man who never left his home for awhile, didn’t interact with people all that. When his friend tries to get him to come to Paris to help with the award for his book his excuses follow along the lines of an introverted author who’s reclusive, and not good with people. But the second he house swaps we see an outgoing guy. Who’s great with people and throwing parties. So, I’m not sure what exactly happened or was he really reclusive at all? I chuck it up to Connor bringing something out of him.

His bisexuality comes up often and he explains it well even if there’s so many people in his life that don’t get it. Connor’s jealousy, his parents thinking. But each time Noah stood his ground and I commend his entire argument with his bisexuality. Well written.

I wanted to see Christmas morning with Noah and Connor and I wanted more interaction with his sister but we didn’t see that. It’s okay because the ending of the book made it worth the holiday absence! 

I liked this holiday read and found it to be a lot about discovery, acceptance, and love.


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